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Executive Director

Description & Qualifications

Background and Mission
The mission of CMA is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists. CMA is committed to promoting access to the arts for all children regardless of ability or socioeconomic status. CMA has robust, free Community Programs which make our high-quality arts education more broadly accessible throughout the city. Last year, CMA served over 135,000 visitors — 43,402 free of charge. CMA’s core programming consists of four distinct initiatives: (1) thematic exhibitions of artwork by world-class contemporary artists; (2) on-site public programming with interactive art stations and artist-led workshops for children, as well as enrollment-based children’s art classes and camps; (3) school and community outreach programs that take place at CMA and throughout New York City providing free arts education to underserved children; and (4) a permanent collection of 2,000 pieces of children’s art, dating back more than 80 years and sourced from over 50 different countries, that is periodically exhibited.

Position
CMA is in search of a dynamic, visionary and seasoned Executive Director to lead the organization through its next phase of growth. The Executive Director (“ED”) is the Chief Executive Officer of CMA. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives, program development and administration.

The ideal candidate is a person who is committed to and appreciates the mission of CMA. S/he will have a proven track record in managing a direct service, not-for-profit organization of CMA’s current size and complexity, including working with an artist-driven organization. The candidate will have a successful history in fundraising for a non-profit institution. Importantly, CMA’s leader will demonstrate an understanding and love of children and the arts, and ideally have a rigorous arts background affiliated with the cultural institutions of New York City.

The Executive Director will:
● Serve as an outstanding ambassador and spokesperson for CMA. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public
● Recognize and embrace CMA’s unique position as an arts institution and deepen its role and reputation in New York’s cultural landscape
● Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and staff to ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals
● Support and strengthen CMA’s revenue model, both earned and contributed, by being the chief fundraising officer for the organization
● Collaborate with the board to refine and implement its strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff and priorities are aligned with museum’s core mission
● Provide inspirational leadership and direction to board and staff, and ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization
● Establish effective decision-making processes that will enable CMA to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives
● Help build a diverse and inclusive Board, staff, and patron base for the museum that reflects the organization’s mission and ensures all CMA’s programs and experiences reflect broad diversity, inclusion, and equality.
● Ensure ongoing excellence, rigorous evaluation, and consistent quality in programming delivery, while also developing the capacity to balance the many competing and complementary activities that fall under CMA’s mission and to allocate resources appropriately so that the balance is sustainable
● Enhance the existing network and continue to build new partnerships, establishing relationships with the funders/donors, political and community leaders, and peer organizations in the arts
● Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and development of all personnel
● Maintain a climate which attracts, maintains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality creative and effective people
● Promote active and broad participation by actively engaging and energizing CMA’s volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, funders and donors in all areas of the organization’s work
● Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices
● Lead with the values of transparency, communication, and collaboration across the organization, consistently acting with clarity, decisiveness, and diplomacy
● Assist the Board by identifying ways of engaging them in programs, fundraising, and attracting new board members
● Encourage creative thinking and independence among the staff, while recognizing each staff member’s contribution to the success of the organizationQualifications:
● A minimum of 10 years experience in an executive or senior-level management capacity required. An advanced degree is preferred
● Significant experience in museum or non-profit management, including fundraising, finances, personnel, and community and board relations required
● Experience increasing philanthropic support and best practices in donor identification and cultivation required
● Broad experience and knowledge of museum standards and practices required. Relationships with local and national art museums, associations, and the arts community preferred
● Excellent communication, interpersonal, writing, and public speaking skills

This is a full-time position. Salary is based on prior experience. CMA also offers a competitive benefits package.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter including salary requirements to hr@cmany.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line.

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidate from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Teaching Artist – Free Arts Island Outpost (Weekends)

Description & Qualifications

CMA’s Teaching Artists are practicing artists and educators who facilitate multi-sensory learning and support creative problem-solving skills. Teaching Artists are essential to CMA in that they offer insight into studio programming, exhibitions, and cultural festivals from the perspective of a practicing artist. Within the framework of CMA’s programming, Teaching Artists are encouraged to incorporate their own art practices into creating hands-on artmaking workshops.

The successful candidate will work to strengthen CMA’s offerings as well as to develop new programming initiatives that will keep CMA current and innovative. Ideal candidates are warm, outgoing, collaborative, flexible and creative.

 

 

Children’s Museum of the Arts seeks to hire teaching artists for Free Arts Island Outpost, a program that promotes collaborative artmaking for children and families on Governor’s Island. Workshops run each weekend on Saturday and Sunday from May 4th-September 29th, including Labor Day and Memorial Day. Teaching Artists in this position will:

  • Create and facilitate hands-on workshops at the museum’s Free Arts Island Outpost, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking workshops.
  • Set up and break down workshops at the start and end of each day.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Must have a passion for working with children and families, and understanding visitors’ needs, engagement strategies, and educational principles
  • Strongly believes in the core values of CMA and is driven by the mission
  • Ability to work as part of a team of dedicated professional. Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, including the ability to build and cultivate relationships and work effectively with diverse groups
  • Commitment to efficient, equitable choice processes and excellent customer service
  • Comfortable working in a public setting with large volumes of people, particularly children ages 1-15
  • Ability to work outside during the summer months.
  • Must lead with positive approaches to behavior and customer service. Will be expected to apply museum guidelines for addressing challenging issues or emergency protocol
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the plan for workshops. Must be open to learning and incorporating new tools, equipment and techniques. Enjoys working hard, looks forward to challenges, is a resourceful and creative problem-solver able to respond appropriately even if limited information is available
  • Preferred 1-2 years working experience in an community setting, arts or cultural organization, museum or educator position preferred and/or a genuine interest in teaching art to children ages 5-15
  • Ability to scaffold and pace instruction for a variety of ages, development/physical abilities and settings. When required provide visual supports (i.e. signage, schedules, process)
  • Genuine interest in supporting the social-emotional development of children learning in a community setting
  • Maybe expected to collect pre/post evaluation data, document sessions and provide reflective notes
  • BA, BFA in fine art, design, illustration, art history, education, or related field preferred
  • Ability to speak a second language is a plus
  • Must be reliable and punctual; able to meet the needs of your committed shifts

This is an hourly, part time position. Shifts run 9:00AM-5:30PM Saturdays & Sundays as well as Memorial Day & Labor Day.

How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and online samples of your work to: TA@cmany.org

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please. Eligible candidates will be contacted by email or phone for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Bilingual Teaching Artist - School & Community Programs

Description & Qualifications

Children’s Museum of the Arts seeks to hire teaching artists for in-school residencies in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx and the Springfield Gardens neighborhood of Queens. Bilingual Teaching Artists preferred.

CMA’s Teaching Artists are practicing artists and educators who facilitate multi-sensory learning and support creative problem-solving skills. Teaching Artists are essential to CMA in that they offer insight into studio programming, exhibitions, and cultural festivals from the perspective of a practicing artist. Within the framework of CMA’s programming, Teaching Artists are encouraged to incorporate their own art practices into creating hands-on artmaking workshops. Additionally, Teaching Artists lead inquiry-based dialogue in the classrooms, gallery, and studios encouraging children and families to apply critical thinking to investigating and creating art. Ideal candidates are warm, outgoing, collaborative, flexible and creative.

Bilingual Teaching Artist- School & Community Programs  

Under the supervision of the Community Programs team, the School & Community Programs Teaching Artist will have the following responsibilities:

    • Attend professional development trainings and meetings at CMA
    • Co-Teach sessions in school settings
    • Implement effective classroom management strategies and an organized class structure
  • Cultivate and motivate students through using interdisciplinary themes and making connections to their lives and the world around them
  • Encourage students to apply their observations, reflections, critical thinking, and creativity to make their own works of art
  • Provide students with opportunities to interact and reflect upon artwork of their own, of their classmates, and of emerging and established artists by implementing visual thinking strategies and CMA’s pedagogy of look, make, share
  • Submit reflections, visual documentation, curriculum, and research on a weekly basis

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Proficient in Spanish
  • Experience working with students with disabilities a plus. Flexible to make adaptations for diverse learners
  • Must have a passion for working with children and families, and understanding visitors’ needs, engagement strategies, and educational principles
  • Strongly believes in the core values of CMA and is driven by the mission
  • Ability to work as part of a team of dedicated professional. Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, including the ability to build and cultivate relationships and work effectively with diverse groups
  • Commitment to efficient, equitable choice processes and excellent customer service
  • Must lead with positive approaches to behavior and customer service. Will be expected to apply museum guidelines for addressing challenging issues or emergency protocol
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the plan for workshops. Must be open to learning and incorporating new tools, equipment and techniques. Enjoys working hard, looks forward to challenges, is a resourceful and creative problem-solver able to respond appropriately even if limited information is available
  • Preferred 1-2 years working experience in an community setting, arts or cultural organization, museum or educator position preferred and/or a genuine interest in teaching art to children ages 5-15
  • Experience writing curriculum embedded with complimentary classroom management and inclusion strategies
  • Ability to scaffold and pace instruction for a variety of ages, development/physical abilities and settings. When required provide visual supports (i.e. signage, schedules, process)
  • Genuine interest in supporting the social-emotional development of children learning in a community setting
  • BA, BFA in fine art, design, illustration, art history, education, or related field preferred
  • Ability to speak a second language
  • Must be reliable and punctual; able to meet the needs of your committed shifts

This is an hourly, part time position.

How to Apply

To apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and online samples of your work to: TA@cmany.org

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please. Eligible candidates will be contacted by email or phone for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Visitor Services Associate

Description & Qualifications

The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to extend the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities and to secure the future of the arts by inspiring and championing the next generation of artists and art lovers.

Front Desk Responsibilities:

  • Taking admissions and maintaining the cash register via PatronManager
  • Understanding and operating museum technology, and troubleshooting issues
  • Checking in members and groups
  • Answer phones and directing calls
  • Providing information on daily functions of the museum, as well as neighborhood directions and recommendations
  • Gift shop sales
  • Customer service
  • Helping with administrative tasks including mass mailings and database entry
  • Maintaining cleanliness of Museum entrance area

Floor Responsibilities:

  • Greeting visitors and guiding them to age appropriate areas
  • Providing information on daily functions of the museum, as well as neighborhood directions and recommendations
  • Answering visitor questions regarding museum programming including art exhibits, classes, and outreaches
  • Ensuring museum safety, particularly in museum play areas
  • Assisting children, parents, and teaching artists in workshops and art-making
  • Assisting administrative staff
  • Maintaining cleanliness of lobby, stroller parking, and other museum areas
  • Understanding and operating museum technology, and troubleshooting issues

Qualifications

  • 1 to 2 years experience in a customer service or sales environment
  • Experience working on a PC
  • Personable demeanor
  • Self-directed and works well under minimal supervision
  • Experience with children and the arts preferable
  • Ability to handle a fast-paced and sometimes hectic atmosphere
  • Weekend availability preferred

Rate: $15/hour

How to Apply

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Sean at sgilfeather@cmany.org

Facility Maintenance Assistant

Description & Qualifications

The Facility Maintenance Assistant is responsible for providing basic and specialty cleaning services to all areas of the museum in order to maintain the facility in a safe, clean, and welcoming condition. Work is performed both independently and with support from a contracted cleaning company in accordance with facility standards and procedures.

The successful candidate will have experience servicing the needs of a facility of a similar size and/or operation, and will be comfortable with the following responsibilities. This is an hourly, non-exempt position. Candidates must be willing to work part-time. On occasion the candidate will need to swing morning hours or work later hours to accommodate evening events.

This position requires a person who enjoys working with others and is able to communicate clearly, as he/she will have to respond to the facility needs of 20 full time staff members. He/she should be a good task manager with strong initiative. He/she must be comfortable with physical labor and be willing to undertake hands-on cleaning tasks.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • This position is responsible for continuously demonstrating proficiency in basic cleaning of the museum. Interaction/contact with patrons and staff can vary from limited to high.
  • Perform daily janitorial duties associated with shift assignments, which includes the general cleaning of the museum facility in assigned areas including (but not limited to): cleaning, sanitizing, dusting, and supplying restrooms.
  • Performs janitorial tasks such as sweeping and mopping of floors, cleaning of windows and walls in accessible areas, paint touch-up, and emptying trash. Including, maintenance of light bulbs for facility.
  • Responsible for facility repairs such as painting benches, walls, pedestals, wall patching, spot stain removal, and other surfaces. Maintain and adhere to painting guide for facility.
  • Perform work operating battery-powered, electric, and manual equipment; uses cleaning equipment such as: brooms, dusters; mechanical floor cleaners, vacuums, and mops.
  • Clean and maintain equipment and storage areas associated with position. Monitor assigned areas and equipment for damage or needed repairs and inform immediate supervisor. Perform minor repairs as assigned.
  • Coordinate delivery and storage of packages and shipments. Maintain supplies and equipment inventory. Order supplies with Finance Manager approval.
  • Consistently and routinely demonstrate both knowledge and skill in the same use and operation of cleaning products, equipment, cleaning techniques necessary to maintain the museum’s quality standards.
  • Oversee and coordinate with outside vendors including (but not limited to): electricians, plumbers, general contractors, etc. Manage & submit building workspeed requests.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Minimum of (1) year janitorial experience in a commercial, institutional, or healthcare setting. Vocational training and certification will also be considered.
  • Excellent housekeeping skills with a sharp eye for detail.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic cleaning techniques, proper storage methods, inventory control, and ordering procedures.
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to interact with the public and with staff professionally and tactfully.
  • Adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  • Knowledge of museum policies and procedures as applicable to custodial duties and preservation of works of art.
  • Availability to work weekends, evenings, and special events as needed

How to Apply

Working Conditions: We are a motivated group of high-achieving and creative managers. We are fortunate to be surrounded by children ages 1-15 years old and their caregivers who are learning about and creating art – our tasks is to model professional behavior so mutual respect and fun can coexist.

Salary: $15/hour

CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

To apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter including salary requirements, to: hr@cmany.org

No calls, please.

Teaching Artist (multiple positions)

Description & Qualifications

CMA’s Teaching Artists are practicing artists and educators who facilitate multi-sensory learning and support creative problem-solving skills. Teaching Artists are essential to CMA in that they offer insight into studio programming, exhibitions, and cultural festivals from the perspective of a practicing artist. Within the framework of CMA’s programming, Teaching Artists are encouraged to incorporate their own art practices into creating hands-on artmaking workshops. Additionally, Teaching Artists lead inquiry-based dialogue in the classrooms, gallery, and studios encouraging children and families to apply critical thinking to investigating and creating art.

The successful candidate will work to strengthen CMA’s fine arts and media lab offerings as well as to develop new programming initiatives that will keep CMA current and innovative. Ideal candidates are warm, outgoing, collaborative, flexible and creative.

CMA has the following open positions:

Fine Arts Department Teaching Artist (Weekends)

  • Create and facilitate hands-on workshops in the museum’s Fine Arts Studio, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking.

Media Lab Department Teaching Artist (Weekends)

  • Create and facilitate hands-on workshops in the museum’s Media Lab, including stop-motion animation, sound recording, set building, and live action filmmaking.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Must have a passion for working with children and families, and understanding visitors’ needs, engagement strategies, and educational principles
  • Strongly believes in the core values of CMA and is driven by the mission
  • Ability to work as part of a team of dedicated professional. Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, including the ability to build and cultivate relationships and work effectively with diverse groups
  • Commitment to efficient, equitable choice processes and excellent customer service
  • Comfortable working in a public setting with large volumes of people, particularly children ages 1-15
  • Must lead with positive approaches to behavior and customer service. Will be expected to apply museum guidelines for addressing challenging issues or emergency protocol
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the plan for workshops. Must be open to learning and incorporating new tools, equipment and techniques. Enjoys working hard, looks forward to challenges, is a resourceful and creative problem-solver able to respond appropriately even if limited information is available
  • Preferred 1-2 years working experience in an community setting, arts or cultural organization, museum or educator position preferred and/or a genuine interest in teaching art to children ages 5-15
  • Experience writing curriculum embedded with complimentary classroom management and inclusion strategies
  • Ability to scaffold and pace instruction for a variety of ages, development/physical abilities and settings. When required provide visual supports (i.e. signage, schedules, process)
  • Genuine interest in supporting the social-emotional development of children learning in a community setting
  • Maybe expected to collect pre/post evaluation data, document sessions and provide reflective notes
  • BA, BFA in fine art, design, illustration, art history, education, or related field preferred
  • Ability to speak a second language is a plus
  • Must be reliable and punctual; able to meet the needs of your committed shifts

This is an hourly, part time position.

How to Apply

To apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and online samples of your work to: TA@cmany.org

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please. Eligible candidates will be contacted by email or phone for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

ARTogether Visit Facilitator

Description & Qualifications

The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to extend the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities and to secure the future of the arts by inspiring and championing the next generation of artists and art lovers. We work to fulfill our mission by providing authentic hands-on art experiences for children with artists, both in our art-filled interactive museum, in the community, and by collecting and exhibiting children’s art. We are committed to celebrating the artist in every child and promoting access to the arts for all children regardless of ability or socioeconomic status because we believe the arts are critical to child and youth development and to strong and vibrant communities.

The ARTogether program provides families who are receiving preventive services, in foster care working toward reunification, or building kinship relationships to bond, interact, and play together both on-site at CMA and off-site at different social service agencies. ARTogether is designed to provide engaging and interactive visits for families with children ages 1-12 years old.

The program is currently seeking a clinically trained facilitator to be paid hourly, according to contract. This position provides an opportunity to gain experience working in a unique community-based, family-centered program with families who are navigating NYC’s child welfare system. The facilitator will be scheduled to host visits on an as- needed basis and flexible weekend hours are required. Supervision by a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist is provided.

Responsibilities:

  • Engaging families in art and imaginative play activities in the museum and off-site at social services agencies
  • Working with participating heads of household to establish program participation 
goals
  • Providing feedback and support to families to ensure progress toward family 
goals
  • Documenting activities, observations, and family progress toward set goals
  • Collaborating with referring workers to best serve participants’ needs
  • Participating in community outreach opportunities

Qualifications:

  • Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish preferred
  • Flexible evening and weekend schedule
  • Art Therapy, Social Service, or Human Service background
  • Must have experience working with children and families
  • Able to travel to serve families in agency settings through out NYC
  • Strong documenting skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite

How To Apply

Please send your resume and a brief cover letter to ARTogether@cmany.org

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please.

Community Programs Teaching Artist - Accessibility

Description & Qualifications

CMA’s community programs provide a supportive artistic environment for all children and families. Our programs inspire skills in looking, making and sharing ideas about art in a recreational setting. CMA’s current programs address the needs of families in the NYC child welfare system, families residing in public housing, as well as families of children with physical and developmental disabilities. Working with consulting professionals in art therapy and occupational therapy, CMA is considered a leader in building accessible art-based programming.

CMA’s key Community Programs include:

ARTogether: CMA uses arts to rebuild trust and communication among families in the foster care system working towards reunification

RESTART: CMA brings multi-session free art programs for children living in transitional housing

Inclusive Weekend Classes: Provides opportunities for children with physical disabilities and their siblings to participate in a family program. Provides opportunities for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their siblings to participate in a family program. The Community Programs Teaching Artist plans and facilitates art-making workshops and classes for children and families in the above programs as well as new program initiatives in the community and schools throughout the year. The Community Programs Teaching Artists reports directly to the Director of Community Programs and work closely to collaborate with contracted occupational therapists and art therapists, fellow teaching artists and interns.

Additionally, the Community Programs Teaching Artist would work with participating families for program evaluations and goal setting. Responsibilities include coordinating documentation, photos and reports necessary for successful programming.

Within the framework of CMA’s programming, Teaching Artists are expected to incorporate process, multi-sensory layers and visual supports into workshop designs and curriculum. Weekend hours are required. The Community Programs teaching artist position is paid hourly with approximately 15-20 hours per week. Initiatives may take place at the museum or at an off-site location.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years experience teaching art to children with special needs between the ages of 10 months-15 yrs as well as working with at risk families.
  • Graduate degree, or related experiences in fine arts, art therapy, special education, social work, or museum education.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Film/Media or Multi-media is required.
  • Must have strong people skills and the ability to work well with both children and adults.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively on projects with staff and students.
  • Knowledge of NYC arts community as well as an appreciation and knowledge for traditional and contemporary artists and practices (in Fine Art or Media Arts).
  • Must be outgoing, friendly and team player.
  • Strong written and verbal skills and able to communicate well with both adults and children.

How to Apply

Please send your resume, a brief cover letter, and samples of your artwork to TA@cmany.org. No phone calls please.

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